Elizabeth Banks is at the helm for the new reboot of “Charlie’s Angels”, and she has no patience when it comes to criticism of reviving the female-led franchise.
In an interview with WSJ Magazine, the 45-year-old actress-director insists there’s a sexist spin on negative judgements of her Kristen Stewart-starring reboot of “Charlie’s Angels”, which began as an ABC TV series that ran from 1976-1981, returned as a 2000 feature and 2003 sequel, and again as a short-lived TV reboot in 2011.
“You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining!” she says. “I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years — I feel totally fine with that.”
In the interview, Banks likens the process of directing a movie to delivering a child. “Making movies is like giving birth,” Banks explains. “It’s really hard, and then three months later, you’re like, look at our baby! You’ve already forgotten the trauma of the entire experience. I’m on the other side of it and living in the positivity right now.”
For star Kristen Stewart, “Charlie’s Angels” represents her most commercially mainstream project since “Twilight”, and Banks is all for Stewart jumping aboard a big Hollywood franchise.
“Being in a big franchise allows you to have it all,” she says. “I recognize the same thing, it’s almost unfair for women. The best roles are usually in small movies, but then you don’t make any money. It’s okay to want to make money.”
“Charlie’s Angels” is in theatres now.